Postdoctoral position in Bacteriology, Zoonosis Science Center
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The Zoonosis Science Center is devoted to studies of zoonotic pathogens of importance for human health. We are interested in zoonotic ecology and epidemiology, host pathogen interactions, pathogenesis and infectivity as well as antibiotic resistance of major zoonotic pathogens including Campylobacter and other bacterial pathogens as well as influenza A virus, hantaviruses, and flaviviruses. We strive for an interdisciplinary environment combining scientists in the fields of molecular microbiology, medicine, veterinary medicine and ecology with experience from many countries.
The post doc will study Campylobacter epidemiology in organic free range chickens. In particular, the transmission chain from environmental sources to the chickens and further to humans. The post doc will also be involved in a project assessing the effect of lactic acid bacteria and other agents on reducing Campylobacter growth in vitro and in vivo in chickens. The work includes field sampling and experimental infection of animals as well as laboratory Campylobacter analyses including bacterial culture, phenotypic testing, typing etc. Bacterial strains will be analyzed with whole genome sequencing that will serve as basis for phylogenetic analysis as well as deeper genetic analyses. Taking part in supervision of PhD and undergraduate students will also be part of the duties.
The applicant should have a PhD in microbiology, veterinary medicine or medical sciences and completed his/her PhD studies within 3 years from the application dead-line. As the project involves trapping and handling of wild birds and chickens as well as experimental infection of birds, experience from such work is an important qualification. Thorough experience from practical laboratory work with bacteria (preferably Campylobacter) including culture, phenotypic testing and molecular genetics is important. Personal qualifications are important, such as good skills in communication and collaboration with other members of the research group as well as in communication with breeders at the poultry farms.
Merits of advantage
Good skills in bioinformatics and molecular genetics of bacteria are merits, as well as good background knowledge in zoonotic ecology of Campylobacter spp.
Application: The application should include a short description of the applicant and his/her experience, CV and list of publications, copies of exams, degrees and grades as well as contact details of two references. Letter(s) of recommendation may be included.
Pay: Individual salary
Starting: As soon as possible or according to agreement
Type of employment: Postdoctoral employment, 1 year with a possibility of a 1 year extension.
Working Hours: 100%
For further information about the position please contact
Patrik Ellström: Patrik.firstname.lastname@example.org
You are welcome to submit your application no later than march 31 2017, UFV-PA 2017/780.
We decline offers of recruitment and advertising help. We only accept the application the way described in the advertisement.
Placement: Department of Medical Sciences
Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months
Pay: Fixed pay
Number of positions: 1
Working hours: 100%
County: Uppsala län
Marie Ols, TCO/ST
Per Sundman, Saco-rådet 018-471 1485
Stefan Djurström, Seko 018-471 3315
Number of reference: UFV-PA 2017/780
Last application date: 2017-03-31